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A vesper song-those tones, so pure, so sweet,
With whom her heart was, died that very mornHer bridal morn! alas ! that there should be
Such evils ever for affection born!
Is the sole refuge for the heart's worst pain;
And on the steep rock reared her holy fané.
SPIRITS OF HEAVEN.
The fickleness and restlessness of mind which father Francis betrays in the following lines, depict, we believe, naturally enough, the revolutions of desire and mutability of feeling peculiar to those who seclude themselves from the world, and devote their lives to religious exercises. If we have any fault to find with the poet, it is for not making the supplicant invoke a few more of the ethercal visitants, for we believe that even those who mix with the world, and who, consequently, are less exposed to the influence of mental impressions than Father Francis, experience more alternations in their antipathies and desires, and, consequently, invoke a greater number of spirits, or, in other words, seek to gratify a greater number of restless cravings, than he did. The solitary recluse, however, is more subject to this fever of the mind than he who mingles and jostles with the world.
SPIRITS OF HEAVEN.
Spirit of Joy! I will call upon thee !
With thy bounding step and thy radiant smile;
For thou can’st the cares of life beguile.
I love not thy vain and idle folly;
And leaves it to languor and melancholy.
Spirit of Peace ! descend from the sky,
With thy calm, pure look, and thy promise of rest; And let the beam of thy dove-like eye
Still the throbs of this troubled breast : Yet daughter of heaven! thy pinion fold,
My restless soul will not bend to thy sway; For thy smile, tho' sweet, is strangely cold,
And it chills my spirit--away! away!
Spirit of Love! obey my voice !
And lead my steps to thy fairy bowers, And let my heart in thy smile rejoice, ,
And crown my brow with thy brightest flowers. Ah, traitor! thy roses too swiftly fade,
Too soon the captive shall feel thy chain; And many a heart by thy smile betrayed,
Shall sigh for its freedom-but sigh in vain.
Spirit of Hope! from thy bright cloud bend,
No power can thy endless charm destroy;
My life shall be one bright round of joy.
earth-born sorrow! I feel not the anguish to-day may bring,
If still thou wilt promise a blissful morrow! Netley Abbey.
FATAER FRANCIS. Literary Gazette.- No. 312.
LINES OF MADAME D'HAUTELOT.
We could never admire that species of love which is purely and unmixedly sentimental, nor yet that in which there is no mixture of sentiment. The one appears of too mental, the other of too sensual a character; and we find ourselves so mysteriously composed, that our pleasures run highest when they are excited by mixed influences, that is, influences partly sensitive and partly intellectual. Where all is mental, the influence is too refined for us : we cannot grasp it, or identify ourselves with its nature. Hence, though we admire the “ Paradise Lost," we cannot love it. Its characters are beings with whom we possess no common sympathies. Even Adam and Eve, who might be supposed beings of the same nature with ourselves, have not a particle of nature in them as they are described by Milton. Like all other sinners, they have nothing but religion and morality in their mouths, and we heartily hate all those who make a trade of moralizing. They are too evangelical for us. There is a time to laugh, and a time to cry;" but these gentlemen are always crying over the sins of others. We like to laugh when the time for laughing comes, and therefore we cannot relish those who are always in a contrary mood. On the other hand, where all is sensual, the influence is too gross for us; and we cannot feel satisfied with ourselves in either loving or admiring any thing proceeding from the pen of a writer professedly sensual. Thus do we find ourselves “fearfully and wonderfully made," incapable of relishing any thing that is purely intellectual or purely sensual. We give, therefore, the following lines of Madame D' Houtelot not because they express any feelings congenial with our own, but because they will be pleasing to such readers as are fond of sentimental poetry. They offend, at the same time, no rule of good taste or criticism which we can at this moment recollect. We agree indeed with Catullus, that
Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem ; and therefore think it very natural that this good lady should continue to love in her old age; but she does not tell us who she is in love with ;-on the contrary, so far from appearing to be in love with any person, she appears only to be in love with the idea of being in love; or, as Bruyere expresses it, she appears to be one of those who wish to be in love but find they cannot." This is not love, but a chimera of the mind in which real passion has no part whatever, and whoever can relish it, much good may it do to him ; but for our own part, we can never sympathize with such unreal, unsubstantial, and visionary affections, or rather phantasies, of the understanding; or, indeed, with affections of any sort that have not their original residence in the heart. We therefore admire the follow, ing sentiment, which the reader will find in one of our poetical extracts.
And yain has been each studied art,
And futile every cold endeavour,
A moment shines then fades for ever.
Jeune Jaimai. Le temps de mon bel age,